INTRODUCING EMERGING TALENT FASHION | CREATIVE ARTS | CULTURE MAGAZINE PILOT FREE
omentum. This word best
fashion and culture magazine that
describes what the year
focuses on ethnic creative talent, as
2012 will be to the UK.
most magazines lack diversity and
The height of London being host to
don’t often cater to that minority.
the Olympics is to create a buzz of
Easy. Oh boy did I realize it weren’t
excitement for many. Excitement also
that simple. Little did I know that my
describes this year for me as 2012
design brief would change several
marks the year of a new beginning to
times. It was hard to just focus on
a fresh start of my life. For I have come talent based on ethnic minority as this industry has talented people
This student rollercoaster hasn’t been
outside of that group that needed a
an easy ride and I’m proud that I’ve
break also and I had requests coming
made it to the end in somewhat one
from all types of emerging talent. So
piece, but just like many I know that
I altered my brief a little and decided
the hard part is yet to come. The tasks
I would create an urban magazine
of getting noticed for my work and
for emerging talented people like
finding that dream job in the creative
myself and those that may need
industry wont be easy and that initial
more recognition to showcase their
thinking led me onto wanting to
work to a wider audience. A urban
create DUCE. This final major project
magazine that touches on fashion, the
has been challenging, however a
creative arts and culture, and would
challenge is what I wanted to embark
provide a platform and bridge a gap
and I decided to take myself out of
between the young, the new and
my comfort zone and take on the
the established in the creative arts
task on making a publication. To start
industry. So I would like to introDUCE
of with I believed my design project
to you Duce Magazine, here is the
would be plain sailing, create a pilot
beginning, new talent, fresh writers
and emerging creative individuals.
e l l i v n a l nnilia G
Enjoy and have a fantastic 2012. Thank you!
to the end of my student journey.
Duce Team Editor & Creative Director Annilia Glanville Art Director Samuel ‘IAmSam’ Sowemimo Senior Editor/Writer Ugochi C-Jones Cover Illustration Hayden Williams Contributing Writers Izabella Lomardini, Fehintola Betiku, Nicholas B Brown, Terrence ‘One Nigerian Boy’ Sambo , Paloma ‘Lolo’ Printed By The Bluwave Group. The views expressed in this magazine are those of the individual contributors and not the publisher. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission from the publisher is strictly prohibited. All rights reserved. Copyright DUCE Magazine Ltd 2012
10 mins with Hayden Williams - An amazing artist who is already doing big things and it seems it can only get better
Loud Culture - A glimpse of Loud Cultures colourful SS12 collection
10 Condry Calvin Mlilo - The astonishingly
gifted and cool London based fashion and beauty photographer Baby Isako - A Playwrite who seems grounded but has the wings to soar in the highest of circles Paper Weight - Zeke Designs create captivating and unique pieces all made from paper! Lolos Kloset - Paloma gives us style tips on incorporating new styles with a budget Ezekiel Udeafor - Meet the man whose amazing artwork has had the likes of Tinie Tempah knocking at his door.
25 Englishman In New York - We catch up with
Hakeem, a fashion graduate, interning in New York city 26 From UEL to GFW - Inside exclusive with 4 hopeful university fashion graduates 28 Thank you’s & Contacts
Cover Illustration - Hayden Williams
Glamazon wears halter neck-draped dress with thigh high split. Gold cuff, ring, snake arm accessory and necklace, available from Hayden Williams. Digital artwork: Samuel ‘IAmSam’
INTRODUCING EMERGING TALENT FASHION | CREATIVE ARTS | CULTURE MAGAZINE PILOT
COULD ART BE TAKING OVER THE FASHION WORLD? FASHION PHOTOGRAPHERS MAY HAVE TO WATCH OUT AS ILLUSTRATIONS ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE POPULAR IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY. FASHION STUDENT, HAYDEN WILLIAMS IS LOOKING LIKE A TOP CONTENDER, AND IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHO HAYDEN WILLIAMS IS, THEN YOU HAVE DEFINITELY BEEN HIDING UNDER A ROCK!
ith his work being
What led you to the path of
recognised by the likes
of Rihanna and Kim
I started drawing at the age of 3 years
Kardashian, We won’t be wrong
old and haven’t stopped since! I was
in saying that this young fashion
a very artistic child, always creating
enthusiast is without a doubt on our
things with paper and art supplies.
‘Ones to watch’ list. DUCE caught up
My parents grew me up on Disney
with the artist recently, to find out
movies and I would sit there and
more about the very talented
sketch the female Disney characters
over and over again until it was an
Tell us a bit about yourself, who are you & What do you do? My name is Hayden Williams and I’m a British aspiring fashion designer and illustrator, currently studying Fashion at Ravensbourne University in London.
exact replica! The female characters were so much more inspiring to draw and I found the way Walt Disney portrayed women, with that almost unobtainable beauty to be very captivating! A personal favourite animated character of mine being the sultry Jessica Rabbit, who still influences my work today! Back then; I had no idea that my drawings could
any favourite trends for this
Versace, Dior & Jason Wu. They all
create designs that have a timeless
I’m not an avid follower of trends
quality and focus on celebrating/
in regards to my own style, and my
complimenting a woman’s body and
designs, but I am aware of them, and
making her look beautiful!
sometimes I may incorporate a trend into my sketches. My favourite for the
What inspires you as an artist?
in regards to my work, and me, it
S/S12 season has to be ‘Pastels’. It’s
As a designer and artist, women
appeals to such a broad audience.
something that comes back all the
mainly inspire me! Glamorous women
My sketches appeal to older women
time for SS & I love how fresh it looks
that love luxury, the woman that
and some younger girls that want to
for the season!
knows what she wants and how to
look like my sketches and wear my designs, but when I sketch wellknown faces, it appeals to a younger audience who live and breathe Pop Culture! Fashion photography won’t translate to fashion design because I
be replaced, but I definitely see
had no clue what fashion was at that
illustration becoming even more
age. Subconsciously though, I think
it’s always been there! All I knew back then was that I loved drawing
Being someone who
does not particularly like to guidelines,
What is so great about fashion
Who are your favourite designers? There are 4 favourites that mainly stand out to me that have
get it! That’s the woman I envision when I sketch and whom I have in mind when I design.
influenced & inspired
Do you look to any fashion
me/my work the most! Elie Saab,
illustrators or illustrators in general for technique ideas or inspiration? Illustrators and designers definitely have inspired me over the years! Their style and what
do you have
illustration? I love it because it gives you total freedom! You can create whatever you want with no boundaries! I love illustrating beautiful sketches and designs that women will go crazy for. Do you think illustration is becoming more popular in the fashion world? And could it be replacing fashion photography? Definitely! I think 5
I find inspiring about their work has
say you should only learn from the
What steps have you taken to
online and I’m proud of the fan base
helped me shape my own style and
best! My favourite artists/illustrators
put yourself out there as an
that I’ve built up. I’m happy that my
I’m still perfecting/finding my style
are Rene Gruau, David Downton &
artist? I never realised how much
work is known on a worldwide scale,
each time I design and sketch. They
people really love illustrations until I
which has been only further heightened,
put my work out and shared it online
as Rihanna is a fan of my work.
If you could have anyone as your mentor who would it be? That’s a tough question to answer because I’ve been inspired by many great people, and it would be hard to pick only one person to have as a mentor! I’d probably pick one of the designers that I mentioned earlier. I’ll go with Donatella Versace simply because she has gone from strength to strength with the house of Versace and it would be amazing to learn from such an influential and established woman.
so I use social media productively and used it to my advantage! I didn’t
Rihanna? A lot of my followers
expect my work to be so successful,
know about the Rihanna affiliation. I
but it’s amazing that I’m slowly
spontaneously forwarded an illustration
making a name for myself, and
I created of Rihanna to her via Twitter.
getting recognition on a mass scale.
It was inspired by her LOUD album
Before my work went viral, I only
cover, which to me evoked Jessica
knew what my family thought of my
Rabbit. When she saw it, she instantly
work. They were always supportive
followed me on Twitter and sent me a
and amazed by what I could create,
direct message telling me how much
but that was partly the reason I
she loved the design and how talented
decided to use social media to see
I am! I created another illustration of
what people outside of my family
her a few months later. It was inspired
thought of my illustrations. I didn’t
by her S&M music video. Next thing
expect my work to be so popular
I knew, she used it as her Twitter icon
and that’s when my profile kind of blew keeps happening with my work is super very cool things in the works! I aim
love to be able to say in the future that
up a lot more! The icing on the cake was cool and more and more people are
to see the Hayden Williams Woman
I’m the most successful black fashion
getting to meet her after she personally
aware of my work because of it! Never
come to life one day! I have big plans/ designer to come out of London. I aim
invited me to the first of her 10 sold
underestimate the power of social
ambitions and I’m always thinking like to break down barriers and become
out shows at London’s O2 Arena. She
an entrepreneur, but I definitely need a a mainstream success and dress the
requested for me to bring my sketches
team to help me make them a reality.
likes of the Elite! Success like that
along! It was amazing meeting her!!
What do you hope to achieve
I’m a perfectionist when it comes to
doesn’t happen overnight, but I have
She wants to see my designs become a
this year? This year will be
what I do and I want everything to
the support of my family, friends and
reality so she can wear them and who
unpredictable and there are some
be the best it possibly can be! I would
even celebrities now! Most important
would say no to that??!!!
of all though, I’ve been blessed with a talent, and I have the determination
Have you created illustrations
and genuine passion to succeed! We’ll
based on other celebrities? Most
see how my plan for fashion world
recently, I created an illustration of the
domination goes...stay tuned!
Kardashian sisters which somehow got round to Kim Kardashian, which she posted on her Instagram for her followers to see. All of these
For more of Hayden Williams go to www. haydenwilliamsillustrations. tumblr.com
unexpected and amazing things that
Abi Fashesin and Ashley-Rae Tapping are the creators of LOUD (Live Out Ur Dream), Culture label which is a contemporary line inspired by Africa. Making use of African prints to create modern shapes and pieces, their ss12 collection is laden with beautiful colors and peek-a-boo details. Thereâ€™s also loads of swimwear and a couple of maxi dresses. Go to www.loud-culture.com to see more.
course of fashion design learning
current, he is a talent
the ways in which to produce and
becoming more recognised
design garments whilst continuing
by the day. Who could I be referring
his captivation with photography.
to? The astonishingly gifted London
Already maintaining his business
based fashion and beauty
CCM Photography and gaining
photographer Condry Calvin Mlilo.
more followers on twitter everyday, Calvin is making a genuine
Whilst Calvin has a strong
impression in the industry. In an
adoration for Take That, his main
exclusive interview, I will introduce
love is Photography. Originating
you to Condry Calvin Mlilo â€“ a
from Zimbabwe, Calvin moved
name to seriously memorize.
to England when he was 14, and developed a fascination for visual arts. At college, he studied art and design but then moved on to a 10
Model: Nadine Silva Mendes Make up, Hair & Styling: Models own Photographer: Condry Calvin Mlilo (www.ccmphotography.co.uk )
ber cool and fantastically
Nadine silva mendes
Calvin, when was the exact
was strong enough I started testing
– the strongest person I know who
moment that you established
with small agencies and working
has struggled in life but never given
your keen interest in taking
my way up to those agencies with
up. She has overcome so much in
whilst studying Fashion design, I
What do you think makes a
Is there a particular designer
decided to do a photo-shoot with
or company that you would
a collection of jackets I had made.
I would say it is having a great
like to work with in the future?
It was at that exact moment after
understanding of the fashion and
I would love to shoot for Vogue
taking photographs of my best
beauty industry as well as cultural
eventually. In terms of designers,
friend modelling the jackets, that I
influence, honesty and hard work.
I would like to do Calvin Klein
During my time at Barking College
decided this is what I am going to
Underwear and Armani campaigns.
study at university level. And the
What fashion photographers
I always enjoy Gucci Campaigns
rest is history, as they say.
would you say inspire you the
- I think they would push my
photography and I love a great
How would you describe your
I would say Gavin O’Neill because
challenge. I like classical black
photography in 5 words?
his work shows different beauty in
and whites, which is my area of
Sharp, Artistic, Vibrant, Inspiring,
unique ways. The colours and use
of natural light is just superb. He is genius. Also, Nick Knight because
Lastly, have you any hopes for
How long have you been
he is a free spirit and risk taker – I
working in this profession?
think he shoots the way he wants
I would like more editorials, more
I have been shooting since 2006
to and not the way people ask him
collaborations with great designers
but professionally started in 2010. I
to. His work is very artistic and quite
up and coming. I would also love
started shooting friends and artistic often produces masterful work that
to travel and work
things such as still life, landscapes
are remembered for years to come.
abroad this year.
with models, make-up artists
Have you any advice for
and designers to do photography
focusing on fashion and beauty
Believe in yourself, be your own
more intensely. Everyone I worked
number one fan and work hard –
with was learning the ropes like
never give up, however difficult it
me, so we carried each other in a
etc. I then began collaborating
sense. I worked with designers such as Romero Bryan, Tsemaye Binite
Who are your role models?
and Arajo. Once I felt my portfolio
My mother because she is a fighter 15
Go peep this smashing online series at www.venusvsmars.blogspot.c.uk
ALL WORK AND PLAY
NICHOLAS B BROWN HERE, REPORTING SOMEWHAT LIVE TO YOU FROM THIS LOVELY LAPTOP. SOME OF YOU MAY KNOW ME SOME OF YOU MAY NOT. I AM A CREATIVE. PRIMARILY I ACT, I SING AND I SOMETIMES MAKE FUNNIES. I LIKE ART AND FASHION AND GENERALLY ALL THINGS ARTY. BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME, I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW WHO IS TALKING TO YOU. INTRODUCING BABY ISAKO...
o I am here to give you a
show. Baby not satisfied with just
bit of information on one
one successful show and great
of the ‘Creatives’ we have in
feedback decided to write a part 2
the UK. A lady who works
to the hit play (that one sold out
in the same field as me and goes
too). AND THEN went on to write a
by the Name of Baby (pronounced
pilot for a web series by the Name
Babi) Isako…. Iiiiiin West of Congo,
of Venus Vs Mars. It’s a mix between
born and raised, in the library was
Sex and the City, Diary of a Call
where she spent most of her days,
Girl and Babyfather. It is similar
chillin’ out, maxing, relaxing all cool
to her plays in the sense that it is
and had dreams of being a writer
about young people dealing with
straight outta school...Don’t quote me on that I just thought it would
“Based on university students and the complexities of their relationships with friends and partners.”
everyday situations and shown in a way that its audience can enjoy
be good if that did happen. It
and relate to. The protagonist is a
kinda, sorta did though if you think
strong willed woman named Venus
about it… She wrote a play after
and it makes for a good web watch
collecting a degree in Criminology
(its funny ^_^). I suggest you
and Psychology. The play was called
have a look online by searching
Love is a Losing Game play, based
on You Tube and follow the series
on university students and the
as it continues. So in a nutshell
complexities of their relationships
Baby Isako is a powerhouse writer
with friends and partners. Without
creating platforms for young actors
exposing much about the play I
and creating content that people
can tell you that it was a sold out
want to see. 17
PAPER WEIGHT W
hy did you decide
thought of something
jewellery was the
Ethical as in using material which
right avenue to channel your
was easily assessable and made in
passion for designing?
I love jewellery, but it wasn’t a case where I thought, “yeah this is the right Are there any specific pieces avenue”, it was more like I wanted to
of architecture or art that you
do it - so I did. (She laughs).
took great influences from?
How did you start creating your
interested in perforated designs in
buildings and how light is played
I started doing voluntary work with
with these shapes, especially Arabic
Christian Aid and I had to think of
architecture is very good at achieving
ideas to sell in order to raise money. I
thought of something ethical and the rest of it was inspired by architecture,
How did you come about the
art and design.
name for your brand? I wanted a name which had a meaning
Can you explain what you
and the word ZEKE means ‘God will
mean when you say you
strengthen’which I thought was great.
Models: Symara Templeman (black) Cyan Cheung (asain) Heather Martin(white) Make-up: Rumel by Ruth Melbourne Photography: Mike Lin Hair: RFA beauty by Rachel F Adegeye
Within architecture I am very
What is it about Zeke Dsgns
Zeke British will be my new
that sets it apart from other
collection which is inspired by British
culture and fashion.
The obvious being the designs are made from paper (she laughs) and
Have you got any special
then second the design itself. The
projects coming up?
shapes are geometric and are rather
Yes, I am currently working with
abstract, and I guess they donâ€™t look
animators making an artistic video
like anything you see on the high
street which again makes it unique. What are your hopes and With launching your own brand aspirations for your brand? I what has been your biggest
want Zeke to be well known and to
change the way people see design.
Getting the brand out there and letting people know what Zeke is all
What has been the best thing
about, it was difficult because I was
about creating the pieces for
starting something from scratch.
Which meant starting a fan base
Seeing people wearing my designs
from the bottom up but due to social for sure has been one of the best networking sites, such as Twitter and
things, and getting so much
Facebook, has made things much
interest from British collaborators,
easier to create and let people know
publication and buyers.
more about Zeke. www.facebook.com/zekelove What can we look forward to seeing from Zeke Dsgns in 2012?
LOLOSKLOSET STUDENT FRIENDLY FASHION
he high street shops have
tear speak to the manager about
wear out of the item. Remember
Fashion is meant to be fun and a
all these trends with
discounting the item, marked or
your body type and don’t over
reflection of your personality, be
items ranging from £13 to
damaged items are non refundable
purchase items because they are
conscious of who you are and your
£90. When shopping on
so make sure you love the item. If
marked down or cheap as the
budget and enjoy summer.
a budget it is essential for you to
you decide to make a high value
saying goes quantity over quality,
take your time to visit all the shops
purchase ensure that the material
ultimately the till total will bring
to ensure you have the best buys
is durable and you can get as much
you back to your budget reality.
for your money. If you’re a student don’t forget to carry your NUS card so you take advantage of discounts. If an item is marked or has a small
Please visit my blog loloskloset. co.uk and my YouTube channel youtube.com/loloskloset.
It’s not everyday you meet a man who has created the artwork for a worldwide, successful music artist such as Tinie Tempah and presented it to him at the Tate Gallery in London. Well luckily for me I was able to speak to the man himself Ezekiel Udeafor, an artist whose cultural influences and colourful ideas have led him to a path of continuing success and a promising future. Hi Ezekiel, when was the exhibitions I have put on or been
piece of art work. Which in the past
particularly proud of though; the
moment that you realized apart of, but I’m a perfectionist
wasn’t very often. When I do, I feel
piece I did for Tim Campbell for
you wanted to be an artist? and very critical of my own work.
like the vision in my head was fully
the smoothness of the work, two
I did not come to any conclusion Therefore I would have to say that
released and executed correctly.
different pieces of children where
that I wanted to be an artist to be it’s when I feel satisfied with a
There are four main pieces that I’m
you can really see the emotion
honest. I always had a pencil in my
in them and I think the one that
hand from nursery. When I was in
tops them all at the moment is the
primary school my teacher told
Reflection of Africa piece - its the
my parents (knowing that they
one that started me on symbolic art
had they African mentality, and
and my own style.
would try to steer me into more conventional avenues like being
How did you feel producing
a doctor, banker or accountant)
art for Tinie Tempah?
that I had real talent and to let me
Congratulations on this!
take it as far as I can. So my parents
Thank you. I was more than
just let me be free, resulting in me
humbled to be asked to do the
expressing myself through art.
piece and nervous because the
What would you say has been the highlight of being an artist so far? I would like to say one of the 22
time constraints to do the work
master. I find inspiration in everything.
were very short and it was to be
For example looking a light bulb
presented to him at the Tate Gallery.
could be the start of a piece about
I restarted it about four times as I
the relationship of a fly and the bulbs
wasn’t pleased with the end results.
fake light. I’d call the piece ‘False Hope’.
But Tinie Tempah really liked and
Now I’ve started sketching! Or seeing
appreciated it, which was very
a bee move from flower to flower and
over whelming. It’s also one of the
I might end up calling it ‘Transfer of
highlights to see the recipient of the
piece. I was very pleased with what Have you got any hopes that
I had done..
you’d like to achieve this year? What exhibitions have you
Black History month called “Get
Meaningful, colourful and thought-
This year I just want to understand
done so far and where?
Up, Stand Up” at Open the Gate. In
the business and politics side of
I held my 1st exhibition in 2007 with 2011 I was part of the Diana Prince
the art world. I’d like to find a good
the help of an organization called
Experience. Diana is a vocal singer
What style do you feel your art
art agent who understands my art
WYEC, the exhibition was called
who put on ‘music and arts’ nights.
represents? How do you find
and the direction I want to go in, in
Childish Emotion in the Wandsworth
The theme for that was beauty and
your inspiration and ideas to
the hope that next year I can find
Youth Enterprise Center. In 2010 I
strength in black women.
produce works of art?
a piece of mine hanging in a major
My artwork now represents journeys
gallery or museum.
worked on a joint exhibition with two very talented artists, Terrence
How would you describe your
and emotions. Ones that we all have
Adegbelne and Dapo Adeola for
art in 3 words?
to go through, deal with and need to
ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK FASHION GRADUATE CATCH UP - AN INTERNS VIEW ON NEW YORK Who are you and what is it that you do? My name is Hakeem Balogun...And I am the creative love child of Prince and Bobby Brown..Pre Crack..I am a story teller, who wants nothing more to communicate beauty, ideas and imagery..whether that’s through fashion or art! I’m a romantic that likes to make things!
What made you go to New York? I wanted to sp end a focused amou nt of time doing nothin g but internships, and I lo ve the city.
? s you e t a v ti l t mo potentia a h W lfilled Unfu res you? i p s n i o Wh er My broth On an a verage day wh at do you do? No day is currentl the same. I’m y intern in differen g for three t peop On an a verage d le. ay I wak and hop e for the e up best.
you gain d i d w o H k? ern wor t n i r u o y hard. I worked
Where do y ou hope to see yourself in the next 5 years? Hopefully not in retail.
g ost rewardin m e th n e e b s What’ New York? in g in rn te in f aspect o my university t a th g in w o n K Be validated. andy. lly coming in h a u ct a is n o ti ca edu What tren ds do you prefer no w? I’m not inv olved in fashion for trends. Do you pla n to migr ate? I wouldn’t migrate, bu tI would min d being bicoastal.
ew York? Highlight of N The people.
NFW Who at ? your eye caught No one
place in e t i r o v Fa k? New Yor Brooklyn
What do yo u love about New York? The boldness of the people and th e energy of the city.
work culture How does the ome? differ from h s hard and no Everyone hustle . unlike England one complains, Where ar e you from ? England. B ristol
How does be
ing in Ne w York make you feel? Quiet
Any a d looki vice for p ng to eople h York for a ead to N e fashi on re w l ated caree r? Nope
Is there any one one you ’d particular li ke to work fo r? Riccardo Tisci. I think what h e has done w ith Givenchy is a mazing. Describe New York fashion industry in 3 word s? Boring, com mercial, dr y. I’m not really a fan of the in dustry as a whole , but there is money here and a lot more op portunities for sm all busines ses, which I really resp ect.
Most of your answers are very vague Hakeem. No love for the Big Apple? I just think the New York interning experience will be different for everyone who tries it. LOL. Nah in all fairness it’s great. The best thing I have learnt here is to value you your own wealth and knowledge and know what you bring to any and every situation! Also be open to the numbers different roads to your dreams. Trust your gut the rest is just fancy! We catch up more with Hakeem in the next issue... 25
Designer. Sola Obebe
Designer. Henry Marire
Name of Collection. A beautiful thing is never perfect.
Name of Collection. Sons of Men (The hero edition).
Describe your collection in three words. Strong, Ethereal, Beauty
Describe your collection in three words. Classic, Forefathers, Edgey
What inspired your collection? I often go back to the same imagery year after year, I just redefine the ways I communicate the idea. The things I find most inspiring are images of rural and indigenous people. This can be anything from farms in Africa to the tradition of geishas in Asia.
What inspired your collection? The war era! Looking at archives of war clothings in the museum, has inspired me a lot. It made me realize how much details and simplicity means when it comes to creating a beautiful menswear piece or collection.
Stand out piece. I don’t think theres one piece that stands alone. I see the collection as a well tuned orchestra. Any stressful moments? I often find it hard to translate my abstract designs into functional garments. Who is your muse? Daul Kim What are your future aspirations? I’d like to take some time out to travel and submerse myself in the traditional oriental arts while continuously and pushing forward my own artistic signature. If you won the lottery how would you spend the money? Make sure my mum and brothers are very comfotable, and then travelling and exploring the world. Contact email. Sola_obebe@hotmail.co.uk
Stand out piece. I don’t have a stand out piece yet, because every piece in my collection tell different stories. Any stressful moments? Every moment has been stressful in different ways, like running out of fabrics, and not being able to source the same fabric due to supplier glitch. Who is your muse? I don’t have a particular muse; I am inspired by people and men everywhere who has an individual sence of style and approach to life. What are your future aspirations? To be the best at any and everything I do, after the disappointments of course. If you won the lottery how would you spend the money? Buy out an industrial estate and convert it to a Sons of Men H,Q, recording studio and party central for like mindetd designers and lifestyles. Contact email. Liq_wid@hotmail.com
DUCE gets an inside exclusive with 4 hopeful University of East London Fashion graduates aiming to get a chance to showcase their collection at Graduate Fashion Week this June. GFW Celebrates the work of more than a 1000 of the finest BA degree Fashion students from 40 Universities across the UK and overseas, and these hopefuls give us an incite into their collection and what they can bring to the runway. Designer. Tiffany Baron
Designer. Terri-Leigh Finnegan
Name of Collection. Persistence.
Name of Collection. Liberte ou La Morte (Liberty or Death)
Decribe your collection in three words. Sporty, Luxe, Confident What inspired your collection? Tropical Frogs, extreme sports wear, modern fabrics, and confident young women. Stand out piece. Bright green puffa jacket with frog inspired printed leggings combined with a pink and black neoprene cropped top. Accessorised with a neon PVC visor with hand sowned laser cut frog shapes. Any stressful moments? Many! For instance when my puffa coat shape would not go right and I could not work out how to do it for ages. Having a design set in your mind and not being able to follow this through to construction becomes so frustrating.
Describe your collection in three words. Awkward, Raw, Voodoo What inspired your collection? Haitian Revolution. Use of natural materials such as raffia, cotton and wool. Haitian people created characters based on a fusion of voodoo, ancestral memory, political satire and personal revelation Stand out piece. Black fringed trousers and white shirt. They are fully fringed hand cut black leather. The shirt is sharply cut with darts thrown in different directions. The sleeves are fully corded jersey and were my perception of African beaded corsetry. Any stressful moments? Cording! I decided to cord jersey because it looked brilliant, little did I know that one sleeve would take me two days.
Who is your muse? Jourdan Dunn
Who is your muse? Maria Carla Boscono - her pale skin, thick black hair and awkward, unusual appearance fit in well with my collection.
What are your future aspirations? Be my own boss, have my own company with a great team within the fashion industry that will make an impact and that’s recognised.
What are your future aspirations After university, I am going it alone. Bunmi Koko really inspired me and gave me some brilliant advice so I’m going to continue designing, in aim of getting into fashion weeks.
If you won the lottery how would you spend the money? I would just go mental and buy all my family houses, cars and stupidly indulging shopping sprees then ill come back to London and set up my own fashion events and PR company and live in my little fashion bubble with a poodle named George. :-)
If you won the lottery how would you spend the money? Hmmm. The obvious answer is that I would go absolutely crazy in Dover Street Market, but then I would invest half of it into my brand. I don¹t think it would change much as I could never ‘not work’. I love challenges and it would just make life much sweeter I guess ;)
Contact email. Tiffanybaron@hotmail.co.uk
Contact email. Terri@whysoserious.co.uk
THANKYOU Special thanks for contributions, guidance and support to: My Mother Samuel ‘IAmSam’ Sowemimo Ugochi C-Jones Izabella Lombardini Fehintola Betiku Nicholas ‘Boom’ Brown Terrence ‘One Nigerian Boy’ Sambo – onenigerianboy.com Paloma ‘Loloskloset’ – loloskloset.co.uk Henzah Baker Navraj Bhandal Chrissie Fizz Hayden Williams – haydenwilliamsillustrations.tumblr.com Condry Calvin Mlilo – ccmphotgraphy.co.uk Ezekiel Udeafor – ud4arts.com Keisha ‘Zeke Dsgns’ Henry – facebook.com/zekelove Baby Isako – talentedandyoung.uk & venusvsmarstv.blogspot.co.uk Loud Culture – loud-culture.com Hakeem Balogun Henry Marire Sola Obebe Tiffany Baron Terri-Leigh Finnegan Black Stars Club – azontotops.com Mac Mingle Christian Selorm Adzimahe Akua Oteng WeAreBangBoom.com Stella Hoffman Vicky Harrop – studiocreatives.com & dissimilarapparel.co.uk Frankie Dollars Eric and his team at The Bluwave Group – thebluwavegroup.com Nadia Shah Joe Hunter.